Oxford Researchers

Over 180 senior Oxford researchers are listed below. Find relevant researchers using the search field at the top right, or by using filters on the left. Entries can be narrowed down by initials, energy theme and department (and combinations thereof).
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Alessandro Abate

Professor of Verification and Control

Demand and Efficiency: demand response
Electricity networks: micro grids, smart buildings
Solar: populations of photovoltaic panels

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Brenda Boardman

Emeritus Fellow: Energy

Demand and Efficiency Reducing demand in buildings, use patterns; appliances and housing; fuel poverty; demand for energy and energy services, households and commercial;
Economics, Policy & Politics Effectiveness of policy; market transformation; interactions between energy and climate change policy.

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Christian Brand

Senior Research Fellow in Transport

Transport: Strategic transport-energy-environment modelling, Carbon and health; transport and mobility;
Demand and Efficiency: scenarios; integrated assessment of transport, and transport energy demand policy.

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Susan Bright

Professor of Land Law

Economics, Policy and Politics: regulation of the built environment
Demand & Efficiency: multi-occupied property (residential and commercial)

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Sarah Darby

Senior Researcher and deputy leader, Lower Carbon Futures group

Economics, Policy & Politics: Customer-utility relations, fuel poverty
Electricity Networks: Smart meter rollout
Demand and Efficiency: Residential demand, energy advice programmes, consumption feedback, and social learning

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Richard Darton

Professor of Engineering Science

Transport: Car fleet sustainability, health effects of pollution
Economics, Policy & Politics: Defining and measuring energy security
Energy in Developing Countries: Nigerian energy economy
Demand and Efficiency: Heat exchanger networks and pinch analysis
Fossil Fuels: Negative emissions technologies; assessment of geoengineering schemes

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Martin Davy

Associate Professor

Fossil Fuels: Spark ignition engine combustion, low temperature diesel combustion, natural gas engine combustion, fuel sprays
Demand and Efficiency: Internal combustion engine efficiency
Bioenergy: Alcohol blended fuels, use of syngas in engines.

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Nick Eyre

Professor of Energy and Climate Policy

Contact Person Demand and Efficiency

Leader, ECI Energy Research Programme: Lower Carbon Futures

Economics, Policy & Politics: Energy efficiency and demand reduction policy, multi-scalar governance, market based instruments, carbon markets, UK energy policy, community and local projects

Electricity Networks: Energy efficiency obligations and feed-in tariffs, demand response and reduction in capacity markets;

Demand and Efficiency: Energy demand in all sectors, socio-technical approaches; policy interventions.


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Tina Fawcett

Senior Researcher and Acting Deputy Leader, ECI Energy Programme

Economics, Policy & Politics: UK & EU, energy demand, personal carbon trading, equity, fuel poverty
Demand and Efficiency: Households, non-domestic sectors, technology, behaviour

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Helen Gavin

Programme Manager and Knowledge Exchange Researcher for Renewable Energy

Dr Helen Gavin is a sustainability professional, passionate about renewable energy and water resources.

Following a PhD in wetland hydrology, Helen became a Chartered Environmental Scientist with has more than 18 years of professional experience in quantitative environmental issues, that span water resources, hydroecology, hydropower, onshore wind energy projects, and more. She has audited water companies for ~10 years on greenhouse gas and renewable energy production as well as other topics. She has covered a range of roles including technical specialist, auditor and programme manager.

At the same time, Helen managed the multi-disciplinary research programme evaluating the risk and impact of drought and water scarcity in the UK, MaRIUS, working closely alongside the PI, Professor Jim Hall at the University of Oxford, and numerous industry practitioners and stakeholders. A key aspect was to ensure the outputs can be used by people working in the management of drought and water scarcity: see here for free data and outputs.

Currently, she is focusing on her passion for renewable energy. Helen has renovated her house to be as low carbon as possible, with rooftop solar panels that power the house, heat water and charge her electric car. Next step will be to remove the gas boiler and be completely fossil fuel free….

As Manager and Knowledge Exchange researcher of the Programme to Integrate Renewable Energy, Helen bring the results and findings of the programme an associated project to new audiences, and fosters a culture of collaborative working between academia and practitioners.

Get in touch if you want to know more. Why not subscribe to her monthly newsletter on renewable energy?

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Paul Goulart

Associate Professor

Demand & Efficiency: Optimal building control. Load shifting and demand management.
Networks: Power flow optimisation.
Economics: Pricing of renewables in energy markets.

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Peter Grindrod

Professor of Mathematics

Contact Person Electricity Networks
Electricity Networks: Smart meters and low voltage networks
Demand and Efficiency: consumer segregation and response and real time forecasting.

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Philipp Grünewald

EPSRC Fellow

Demand and Efficiency: demand response, load profiles, flexibility
Economics, Policy & Politics: low carbon transition, strategic policy development
Electricity Networks: integration of low carbon sources, curtailment, reinforcement
Storage: techno-economic modelling in future systems, market and system value, stakeholder attitudes, policy and regulation

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Robert Hahn

Director of Economics

Economics, Policy & Politics: U.S. energy politics, political economy of climate change
Electricity Networks: Understanding the politics and economics of smartgrids
Demand & Efficiency: Assessing ways to “nudge” behaviour in desired directions
Transport: Political economy of alternative fuels and infrastructure development

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Cameron Hepburn

Professor of environmental economics

Contact Person Economics, Policy & Politics
Economics, Policy & Politics: Climate change, emissions trading, carbon taxes, local pollutants, integrated assessment
Electricity Networks: Security of supply, cost and economics, global modelling;
Demand and Efficiency: National energy systems in China, South Africa, United Kingdom, Australia.

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Anouk Honoré

Senior Research Fellow

Fossil Fuels: Natural gas
Demand and Efficiency: Gas supply and demand fundamentals
Economics, Policy & Politics: Energy and environmental policies in Europe
Electricity Networks: Gas for power, fuel mix
Energy in Developing Countries: Gas in Latin America.

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Dr Debbie Hopkins

Research Centre: Centre for Innovation and Energy Demand, Transport Studies Unit

Transport: transport and mobility, energy and climate change
Associate Editor: Journal of Sustainable Tourism

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Ian Horrocks

Professor of Computer Science

Fossil Fuels: Ontology-based data access for exploration and exploitation
Demand & Efficiency: Ontology-based domestic energy management advice

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Sam Howison

Professor of Applied Mathematics

Economics: Models of trading in energy and carbon markets, exhaustible resource modellling
Demand & Efficiency: Pricing of storage, swing options

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Wei Huang

Associate Professor

Bioenergy: Synthetic biology, biofuels, CO2, SimCells
Demand and Efficiency: Biofuels
Solar: Synthetic biology
Storage: Biofuels

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Katy Janda

Senior Researcher

Social and technical dimensions of changing building practices
Demand & Efficiency: Socio-technical analysis, organisational factors, non-domestic buildings
Economics, Policy & Politics: Building standards, voluntary programmes

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Christian N Jardine

Senior Researcher

Economics, Policy & Politics: broad energy policy, promoting microgeneration, feed-in tariffs
Electricity Networks: integration of microgeneration, demand side management, time of day tariffs and pricing
Energy in Developing Countries: microgenertion, off-grid, micro-grids
Demand & Efficiency: domestic and commercial
Solar: technologies, economics, markets, policy mechanisms, technology learning, spinout: Joju Solar

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Angus Johnston

Professor of Law

Economics, Policy & Politics: Legal requirements, law and policy on electricy markets
Fossil Fuels: Law and decision-making
Nuclear: Subsidies and legal rules
Storage: Legal rules and regulators
Demand and Efficiency: Legal regimes, rules and incentives
Solar: Rules and policies

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Malcolm Keay

Senior Research Fellow

Economics; Policy and Politics: Policy approaches to decarbonising electricity, and the implications
Demand and efficiency: Policy assessment

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Gavin Killip


Housing: low-energy renovation options, risks and strategies; construction industry practices and institutions; governance of decision-making

Energy in buildings: integrating design, construction, maintenance  and operation

Innovation: sources and diffusion of new products, practices and processes

Multiple impacts of energy efficiency: use of estimates beyond energy cost saving, eg on jobs and health

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Vladimir Kuznetsov

Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry

Solar: Transparent conducting oxides
Storage: Hydrogen storage materials
Demand and Efficiency: Hydrogen economy, thermoelectric materials
Fossil Fuels: Catalysts for CO2 reduction

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Marta Kwiatkowska

Professor of Computing Systems

Electricity Networks: Modelling and predictive analysis for smart-grid
Demand and Efficiency: Modelling and quantitative verification and detailed analysis of energy usage

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Russell Layberry

Senior Researcher in Energy Modelling

Transport: Electric vehicles, engine monitoring
Electricity Networks: Smart grid
Demand and Efficiency: Energy use in buildings, energy monitoring and management

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Kostas Margellos

Associate Professor (Control Engineering)

Demand and Efficiency: Distributed energy management in building networks. Optimal charging control of electric vehicles.
Electricity Networks: Stochastic optimal power flow and unit commitment
Energy Economics: Pricing in demand response mechanisms


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Charles Monroe


Storage and Transport

Demand and Efficiency

Electricity Networks: storage for potential applications to grids in response to increasing penetration of renewables

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Simon Pirani

Senior Research Fellow on the Natural Gas Programme

Economics, Policy & Politics: The Former Soviet Union, its economies and energy policies
Fossil Fuels: Natural gas
Demand and Efficiency: The history of fossil fuels consumption

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Ingmar Posner

Associate Professor in Engineering Science

Transport: Machine learning methods for intelligent, user-centric energy management of EVs as well as autonomous systems in general
Demand & Efficiency: Machine learning methods for intelligent, user-centric energy management and modelling of energy consumption

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Rahmat Poudineh

Lead Research Fellow

Economics, policy, politics, law and regulation: Electricity market, contracts, renewable policy, energy sector reform and market liberalisation
Electricity networks: Regulation of electricity networks, quantitative analysis of investment and efficiency, regulatory model for grid investment, business model of network companies
Demand and Efficiency: Demand side flexibility, demand response

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David Robinson

Senior Research Fellow

Economics, Policy & Politics: Microeconomics, market design, regulation, privatisation, global energy and climate change governance
Electricity Networks: Decarbonisation, smart grids, markets, network regulation
Energy in Developing Countries: Market design, renewable deployment, climate change policy and geopolitical relations
Demand and Efficiency: Demand-side response in decarbonised electricity systems
Solar: Distributed generation in developed and developing countries

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Alex Rogers


Demand and Efficiency:

  • building energy
  • thermal modelling
  • energy feedback
  • non-intrusive load monitoring and energy disaggregation
  • smart grid
  • demand-side management
  • optimisation and prediction of energy use and generation

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Jonathan Stern

Chairman and Senior Research Fellow of the Natural Gas Programme

Economics, Policy & Politics: Gas pricing, utility regulation
Energy in Developing Countries: Asia
Fossil Fuels: Gas pricing
Demand and Efficiency

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Richard Stone

Professor in Engineering Science

Fossil Fuels: Spark ignition engine combustion, particulate matter emissions, laminar burning velocity measurements
Demand and Efficiency: Spark ignition engine efficiency, oil-free refrigeration systems, Stirling engines
Bioenergy: Use of ethanol
Solar: Solar concentrators

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James Taylor

Professor in Decision Science

Marine: Wind power forecasting
Demand and Efficiency: Electricity demand forecasting, weather ensemble predictions
Electricity Networks: Electricity demand and price forecasting, and forecasting for smart grids.

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David Wallom

Associate Professor & Associate Director - Innovation

Electricity Networks: Distribution Network operational enhancement
Demand and Efficiency: Demand Management, consumer energy utilisation, ICT system efficiency

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Jamie Warner

Professor of Materials

Solar: novel transparent electrodes from graphene, boron nitride and metal sulphides, atomic level material characterisation
Demand and Efficiency: nano-materials for light emitting displays, materials and processes for improved device performance
Storage: electrode materials for batteries and fuel-cells

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Aidong Yang

Associate Professor

Bioenergy: biorefineries and biomass supply chains; utilisation of microalgae
Demand and Efficiency: micro-CHP systems
Fossil fuels: chemical looping processes

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